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Katy ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education"Katy ISD Named "2018 Best Communities for Music Education"2018-04-24T21:07:36Z<div class="ExternalClass1D03109B0BD14D56B34D223CBAC7CF3D"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">For the 15</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> year, Katy Independent School District has received the "Best Communities for Music Education" designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education</span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Receiving this recognition for more than a decade speaks for the passion of our music teachers, coordinators and everyone who makes our music programs thrive at Katy ISD," said Executive Director of Fine Arts Mike Ouellette<span style="text-decoration:underline;">.  </span>"Music education is an integral part of learning and we are fortunate to provide our community with one of the best programs in the nation." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In a series of landmark studies, by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University, a link was found between students in community music programs and life-long academic successes, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance.  Other studies explain the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Katy ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.  Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School YearKaty ISD Announces New Start Times for 2018-19 School Year2018-04-24T20:51:21Z<div class="ExternalClass0A6D99E2154948078100D2728A73FB62"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning this fall, Katy Independent School District will transition to a </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">multi-</span><span style="text-align:justify;">bell schedule which will support the new district transportation model.  Last night, the Katy ISD </span><span style="text-align:justify;text-decoration-line:underline;">Board of Trustees</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> announced the elementary schools that will fall under Group 1 and 2.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The 2018-19 <span style="text-decoration:underline;">multi-</span>bell schedule will include four groups that will begin and dismiss at different times of the school day.  These changes will alleviate the challenges the district is facing with bus driver recruitment as well as safety concerns with congested traffic in areas within Katy.  Elementary campuses will be divided in two groups.  To verify what group your child's campus falls under, <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">click here</a>.</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>Grade Level</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>AM Start Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PM Dismissal Time</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7:25 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2:35 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 1</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:00 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:20 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Elementary Group 2</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:20 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:40 p.m.</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">Junior High School</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8:45 a.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">3:55 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents who have questions about the new transportation multi-bell schedule can visit:  <a href="/dept/transportation/Documents/Transportation_QandA.pdf">Katy ISD Transportation Questions and Answers</a>. </p></div>
Brookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools CelebrationBrookwood Founder Yvonne Streit to Headline Katy ISD Volunteers in Public Schools Celebration2018-04-24T15:10:09Z<div class="ExternalClassB0FFC15BC7F044C8B3037BEEFC794AA3"><p>​The Katy ISD Volunteer Celebration will be held in the Merrell Center on Friday, May 11<sup>th</sup> from 8:30-10:30 a.m.  Hosted by Partners in Education and the Volunteers in Public Schools Executive Board, this annual event honors the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time and talents to our students and teachers. </p><p>Guest speaker and Brookwood Founder Mrs. Yvonne Streit realized her life's work after her daughter suffered severe brain damage from mumps complications.  Recognizing the limited learning options available for her daughter, Mrs. Streit began a journey that would lead to the establishment of the Briarwood School, the Tuttle School and the Brookwood Community.  The fearless tenacity that initially drove her to help her own child has, over the past decades, ultimately led to helping thousands of children and adults by providing life opportunities unheard of when she began her journey.  Joining Mrs. Streit at the podium will be Jana Mullins, Brookwood's Director of Outreach and Community Engagement.</p><p>The VIPS Celebration will also include entertainment from junior high and high school performers along with the announcement of each school's 2018 Volunteer of the Year.  </p><p><em>All Katy ISD volunteers are invited to attend, and should RSVP no later than May 9</em><em><sup>th</sup></em><em> by visiting the "Community" page at </em><a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a><em> and clicking "Partners in Education."</em><em>  </em><em>Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:00.</em><em>  </em><em>For more information about the event, volunteers should contact their campus VIPS Liaison or </em><a href="mailto:marthabrown@katyisd.org">marthabrown@katyisd.org</a><em>.</em><em>  </em></p><p>Volunteers in Public Schools, a Katy ISD Partners in Education program, offers moms, dads, family and community members a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at their chosen campus.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact your campus Volunteer Coordinator.</p></div>
Rescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences CenterRescheduled Date: New Katy ISD Agricultural Sciences Center2018-04-22T22:21:11Z<div class="ExternalClass1C508EC128DE43B68566F256D14FEB5A"><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>**Rescheduled date due to effects of weather**</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><span>With one of the largest Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter in the nation, Katy Independent School District is proud to announce the groundbreaking of its new Agricultural Sciences Center.  Invaluable educational experiences involving plants and raising farm animals will take place at this new state-of-the-art facility. Thus, Katy ISD continues serving as an outstanding training ground for the next generation of farmers, scientists, veterinarians and a host of other fields.  The programs offered at this facility will provide an array of opportunities to students who wish to contribute to the world of agriculture, food and natural resources used by millions of citizens around the nation.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This project has become a reality for our FFA students and staff thanks to our voters," said Superintendent Lance Hindt.  "We expect the Agricultural Sciences Center to be ready for the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo scheduled for February 2019," added Hindt. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:          <br></strong>Groundbreaking ceremony of the Agricultural Sciences Center.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Future site of the Agricultural Sciences Center<br>5825 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Reschedule Date: Friday, April 27, 2018<br></strong></span>11 a.m. - Noon</p><p></p></div>
Human Trafficking Awareness Community EventHuman Trafficking Awareness Community Event2018-04-20T21:19:19Z<div class="ExternalClass58161930F0934B17A0704DD9A3B208BC"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD and Crime Stoppers of Houston are joining forces to create awareness to human trafficking. Known as "modern day slavery" it's estimated that currently there are 313,000 victims in Texas, according to the University of Texas in Austin.  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Through an eye-opening 45-minute presentation, attendees will hear about how to identify human trafficking and will gain valuable information about victims and traffickers. Most importantly, they will learn how to report suspected abuse.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Human trafficking is a crime that does not discriminate.  Victims can be any age, race, gender, education level or socioeconomic status," said Katy ISD Deputy Superintendent Ken Gregorski.  "As part of our Katy ISD Strategic Plan, the district has made it a priority to actively support the emotional well-being of all learners and will be partnering with internal and external stakeholders to accomplish this goal together," added Gregorski.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:</strong><strong>       <br></strong>Join Katy ISD Police Department and Houston Crime Stoppers for a Human Trafficking Awareness Community Event.</p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Legacy Stadium, Community Room<br>1830 Katyland Drive<br>Katy, TX  77493</p><p><strong>When:</strong><strong>          <br></strong><b style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wednesday, April 25, 2018</b><b><u><br></u></b>7-8 p.m.</p><p>Note:  This presentation would not be appropriate for minors (under 18).</p><p></p></div>
Katy ISD Recognizes Nurse of the YearKaty ISD Recognizes Nurse of the Year2018-04-17T15:05:04Z<div class="ExternalClass2BE31A1127C54DD88E0144DC913FC2F0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">"</span><span style="text-align:justify;">Save one life and you are a hero. Save one hundred lives and you are a nurse." That is one of the most notorious quotes to describe nurses, the dedicated professionals who are critical to the medical field. Katy ISD, has 74 </span><span style="text-align:justify;">exceptionally well-prepared campus nurses, and Kim Cromie, from Bonnie Holland Elementary has been named the 2017-18 Nurse of the Year!</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Nominations for the "Nurse of the Year" recognition were submitted earlier this year by colleagues across the district who described why a particular nurse was outstanding.  The required criteria included professionalism, work experience, volunteerism and clinic management experience.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Cromie was brought to tears when she learned she was the final candidate for Katy ISD.  "Being a school nurse is immensely rewarding because not only are you instrumental in keeping students healthy, you also provide valuable information to keep the entire campus safe," said Cromie. "It's very gratifying when I end my day knowing that my work protects the Bonnie Holland huskies.  Being able to serve our students and community in this way is a privilege and a gift," added Cromie. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Director of Health Services for Katy ISD, Therese Highnote, stated that a school nurse isn't just about taking temperatures and administering bandages.  All across the district, campus nurses are in a position to promote wellness, prevention and provide access to care for children to be healthy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In the hospital setting during an emergency situation there is no red button to push and a team comes flying in with equipment and medications to give. The school nurse stands alone with her knowledge, experience and professionalism ready to react when needed.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, the principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary indicated, "It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this recognition and to show Kim how much everyone at Bonnie Holland Elementary appreciates everything she does." In 2017, a collaboration between Nurse Cromie, the Bonnie Holland elementary staff and Texas Children's Hospital resulted in the campus being recognized as a "Project Adam Heart Safe School."  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Besides keeping students healthy, nurse Cromie also mentors other nurses in Katy ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/040918_BHE_Nurse%20of%20the%20Year%20(25)%20-%20smaller%20version.jpg" alt="040918_BHE_Nurse of the Year (25) - smaller version.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Picture attribution: (left to right)</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Linnea Griffith, principal of Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Lance Hindt, superintendent of Katy ISD</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kim Cromie, campus nurse at Bonnie Holland Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Huskie – campus mascot</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Therese Highnote – Director of Health Services, Katy ISD</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal ProgramsKaty ISD Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Federal Programs2018-04-04T18:55:40Z<div class="ExternalClassF82A3D23C9F7463498FC4F0159A195AC"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy Independent School District continues steadfast in its mission to provide unparalleled learning experiences to all students, including those with special needs and disabilities.  The Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Title I-IV, the Individuals and Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part B Special Education, High School Accelerated Instruction and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) are federal programs offered at Katy ISD campuses.  Public meeting discussions will focus on the programs current function as well as the proposed implementation for the upcoming school year. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>What:           <br></strong>Public meeting to discuss federal programs offered at Katy ISD.  The public is invited to comment on these programs.  A written statement for the record must accompany all comments made.  Parent and teacher surveys have been created to gather input on these programs. </p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (English):  <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JPCWY8Y</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Parent Survey (Spanish): <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP">https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J6VX6GP</a></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>         <br>Katy ISD Education Support Complex<br>6301 S. Stadium Lane<br>Katy, TX  77494</p><p><strong>When:          <br></strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Tuesday, May 1<br></strong></span>1 p.m.</p></div>
Katy ISD Wins Big at TSPRA ConferenceKaty ISD Wins Big at TSPRA Conference2018-04-02T20:52:27Z<div class="ExternalClass348DBC6080104DA2B1F4366D7BB100B3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">The Katy Independent School District was well represented during the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) 56</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> Annual Conference when the Communications Department took home 14 star awards for their outstanding work in communication, branding and school public relations.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD competed against 1,331 other entries from several school districts in the region and won five gold, five silver and four bronze recognitions.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our Communications Department does an outstanding job keeping our parents and community informed and up to date on District initiatives, activities and programs," said Dr. Lance Hindt, superintendent of schools.  "They represent the needs and voice of our school community in this day of instant communication.  Their collaborative efforts with campuses, departments and administration ensures that the information most important to our community is being shared and discussed across multiple platforms," added Hindt.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Every day, the experience, passion and enormous creativity of our team ensures there are opportunities for our community to learn about student and staff accomplishments, as well as engage in decision-making processes impacting our students," said Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief Communications Officer.  <strong>"</strong>These recognitions affirm our commitment to ongoing and transparent communication with Katy ISD stakeholders," added Grooms.</p><p>The recognitions include:</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Gold Star:</span></p><ol><li>2017 Student Excellence Event Program </li><li>Stockdick Junior High Branding</li><li>Bryant Elementary Logo</li><li>Welcome Home Dr. Hindt Convocation Video</li><li>Katy ISD Update - January 2017</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Silver Star</span>:</p><ol><li>2017 of the Year Program</li><li>Bethke Elementary Dedication Program</li><li>Cast Away Video Script</li><li>Heigh Ho Video Script</li><li>State of the District Prezi</li></ol><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bronze Star</span>:</p><ol><li>Superintendent Keynote Speech at Katy Chamber of Commerce, Teacher of the Year Celebration</li><li>Jenks Dedication Program</li><li>K9 Officers Marcel and Juno Video</li><li>Superintendent's Message – April 2017</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Every day the Katy ISD Communications Department works to disseminate information to over 77,000+ students, their parents, community members and other stakeholders across the Katy community.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> ​<img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/IMG_0584%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="IMG_0584 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><img alt="" style="width:624px;margin:5px;" /><p style="text-align:justify;">(left to right:  Courtney Doyle, Katy ISD Board Vice President, Maria DiPetta, Manager of Media Relations, Leah Marchione, Manager of Community Relations, Sarah Klein, Communications Specialist, Claudia Deschamps, Director of Communications, Dr. Andrea Grooms, Chief of Communications)</p></div>

      

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